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First Published: April 12, 2004Written by: Andy Smith
 

Phil Mickelson

After 17 top-ten finishes in 42 major tournament starts, it is fair to say that Phil Mickelson was due for his first major title which came at The Masters this weekend. The smile he wore throughout the tournament and particularly at the weekend was one of confidence that he was going to win. Even before he arrived at Augusta National he has leading the 2004 Money List having only failed to finish in the top-ten once in his eight previous starts and with one title under his belt already this year.


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2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
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Mickelson is no stranger to winning. In his PGA Tour career he has now won 23 events; 1991 Northern Telecom Open. 1993 Buick Invitational of California, The International. 1994 Mercedes Championships. 1995 Northern Telecom Open. 1996 Nortel Open, Phoenix Open, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, NEC World Series of Golf. 1997 Bay Hill Invitational, Sprint International. 1998 Mercedes Championships, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 2000 Buick Invitational, BellSouth Classic, MasterCard Colonial, THE TOUR Championship. 2001 Buick Invitational, Canon Greater Hartford Open. 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open. 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Masters Tournament.
But life for Phil Mickelson is not just about golf. He has a beautiful family. He is pictured here in January this year with his wife, Amy, and their children (L to R), 2 year old Sophia Isabel, 4 year old Amanda Brynn and latest edition, Evan Samuel who turned one year old last month.


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In January, just before the start of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic which he went on to win, he announced that the Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Fund was inaugurating the “Birdies for the Brave” program to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Mickelson will make a significant contribution for every birdie ($100) and eagle ($500) he scores, to the Tampa-based Foundation dedicated to funding college educations for the children of Special Operations personnel killed in operational or training missions. Looks like it's going to be a nice big check by the end of the season.


1993 Buick Invitational
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Still only 33 years old, he is already fourth on the PGA Career Money List with official earnings in excess of $27million, just a $1million or so behind Vijay Singh and Davis Love III and if 2004 continues the way it has started he could soon be taking second spot behind Tiger Woods. He is already $1m clear at the head of this year's Money List, currently ranked sixth on the World Golf Rankings and leading no less than eleven separate categories in the 2004 PGA statistics. Keep up the good work Phil, you are an inspiration to all of us and especially to left-handed golfers the world over.

 

For more information about Phil Mickelson,
read his full bio at www.pgatour.com
and visit his own website at www.phil-mickelson.com

 

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